C of I competes at National Model UN Conference

The College of Idaho’s Model United Nations delegation enjoyed a successful week of competition during spring break, traveling to New York City to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN). Twelve students joined political economy professor Dr. Robert Dayley as the C of I represented the Southeast Asia nation of Malaysia at the conference, an academic simulation that includes 1,500 students from 200 colleges and universities representing more than 50 countries.

The C of I team was led by senior and veteran Model UN delegate Tyler Hatch, who won a Delegate Choice Award in an historic first for the College. Hatch, a Nampa native and 2012 Truman Scholar, earned the award for his leadership in the Commission on the Status of Women and was recognized during closing ceremonies on the floor of the United Nations. The Delegate Choice Award is the highest individual distinction possible at the conference and the only award that is peer-selected.

“This is a tremendous honor for Tyler,” Dayley said. “He has reset the bar for future C of I delegates who attend NMUN.”

In another noteworthy accomplishment, senior Ariel Lawson was selected to chair the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, one of the conference’s 21 committees. She is the second C of I student to chair a committee at NMUN. Another veteran delegate, Zach Theiler, represented the C of I in the International Atomic Energy Agency, which deliberated on the topic of nuclear proliferation in North Korea.

Also participating in the conference were seniors Nicole Foster and Anna Mansfield, juniors Matt Fouts, Courtney Indart, Maria Lynch, Akshata Metha, Annie Sripanich-Raper and Joseph Taylor and freshman Inga Lam. The students offered speeches from the floor, drafted resolutions and wrote reports on topics including illicit trade in small arms, the situation in occupied Palestine and climate change. C of I President Marv Henberg and Vice President for College Relations Michael Vandervelden stopped by to watch some of the competition and, on the group’s final night in New York, the students and Dayley celebrated by eating authentic Malaysian street food at Hawker’s Restaurant near Union Square.

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